We writers have been told to write every day—no matter what. I would agree with that, but I think it really doesn’t matter what we write, as long as we stay in the habit of writing.
Letter writing, blogging, answering emails, writing Thank-You notes, and so on. Let’s not forget the occasional magazine article or Letter to the Editor. The important thing is not to get lazy. Writing is just like any other habit. If it isn’t cultivated, it dies on the vine.
The only way out of the forest is through the trees. And the only way to get a book written is to write!
I’ve formed the habit of writing in the mornings, taking a break for lunch and a short walk, then coming back to my computer in the afternoons. I switch gears completely on the weekends by helping my husband with his renovation projects. It rejuvenates me and gets me ready for another week of writing.
Care to share what energizes you?
For those of you who are writing your very first book, it may seem like it is taking forever to get it ready for publication. However, remember that you are spending a lot of time learning all kinds of things this first go around—all of which you ‘ll be able to apply in the future without having to start over at square one with each new book.
My first book took me eighteen months to write.
My second took me a lot less than that.
With every book, the writing, editing, cover design, and so on is accomplished much quicker as you get more skilled at all that is involved.
When we first start to write there is much to learn. Writing “rules.” Editing. Setting up one or more websites, establishing checking accounts. Navigating the internet. Publishing. Conferences. Marketing.
The list is endless.
But, take heart.
Each time a book is published, there is a smaller percentage of time devoted to those things, leaving you more time for actual writing. And, that’s when things start to get exciting.
You will be able to find the answers to all of the questions you have. Use Google or a host of websites and/or blogs by authors, publishers, writing organizations, and so on.
Writing is a lot of work. No doubt about it.
When that first book comes out, I hope you will find that it has all been worth the effort.